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It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in a leadership role, there is always something new to learn. It may be related to changes in your industry, more effective management of your team, or how to get your ideas or suggestions more readily accepted and implemented. While good leaders need to support the development of those around them, it’s also vital that they don’t neglect their own advancement.
Within the project management sphere, stakeholder management is a specific skill that is hugely important to develop, yet one that is commonly overlooked.
The workload that one acquires during a project’s lifecycle can vary from a few phone calls to make one day, to multiple reports and presentations to prepare the next. The exciting, yet anxiety provoking, thing about working on major projects is that you can never really predict what each day will bring. For most this is what they like about the project environment, but that’s not to say that this dynamism can’t become overwhelming and stressful at times. But while there will be times when it all feels too much, with the right strategies and plans in place, the frequency of this can be drastically reduced.
Delays in a project can be the kiss of death if they go unchecked; while some minor delays are to be expected to a degree, it’s when they start building up or become huge delays that problems arise. But this can be avoided with proper planning and risk management strategies in place, and when delays can be avoided or decreased it will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the progress of a project and drastically improve the chances of success.
Before embarking on any project, regardless of size, one of the most important tasks is to identify and plan for potential scenarios that may damage its progress. These “what-if” scenarios could constitute virtually anything, and it is this ambiguity that makes planning for them so important. There will undoubtedly be some problems that you cannot foresee, but making sure you identify and plan for those you can be help ensure better outcomes for your project.
The L&D business is very busy and I would add that I have never seen it in higher demand than it is today. Why is this you may well ask? In my humble opinion it is because it is rapidly becoming a driving force in business.
Leadership isn’t easy. The barrage of challenges a leader has to face on a daily basis is enough to bring even the most experienced manager to the edge; budget cuts, staffing issues, reporting to the board. It’s not easy stuff; which is why resilience and mental toughness are such important skills for leaders to develop. But resilience is an important skill to have no matter what you do, leader or not.
Welcome to the March edition of our monthly IT blog. Each month we answer some of the most common questions our trainers get asked, and offer some simple ways to help make your life easier when working with common computer programs.
There are always things we can do to be more effective in our jobs, and that often means that we have to innovate – for L&D practitioners, this is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome, because it represents a significant professional risk. As learning and development’s wide-ranging benefits are still not completely accepted in many organisations, attempting to change a formula or programme that had been viewed as working successfully up to that point could potentially derail L&D and irreversibly damage it in the eyes of stakeholders.